Saturday, January 14, 2017

Artist Spotlight: Karen Woodward Sarrow's Blue Earth

Karen Woodward Sarrow, Mountainous, Acrylic and ink on linen, 48 x 84"
TAG Gallery is proud to present Blue Earth by artist Karen Woodward Sarrow. This showing includes paintings inspired by the Keep it in the Ground environmental movement asking for a transition to renewable energy, and a significant reduction of fossil fuels and pollutants. 

Sarrow begins her paintings by drawing black lines to capture natural movement, the expressive contours of life and human design, as well as a conscious recognition to grief embedded in our world. She then completes the paintings with flat colors.
Karen Woodward Sarrow, Blue Earth, Acrylic and ink on canvas, 40 x 40"
An environmental activist, Sarrow roots her paintings in the impact of humanity’s carbon footprint on the globe, with images ranging from topics of socio-economic inequality to environmental racism. To this end, Blue Earth is, at its core, an exhibition on the art of observation, with the artist finding solace and inspiration in her ability to educate and communicate through her craft. Science and art both facilitate dialogue by way of surveillance, with this exhibition acting as an intersection for both disciplines. 
Karen Woodward Sarrow, Blue Butterflies, Acrylic and ink on canvas, 48 x 24"
Sarrow has been formally influenced by the work of muralist painters and modernist Max Beckman, using English pop artist Patrick Caulfield’s work to inform her ongoing experimentation with color placement and spatial relationships. Her canvases are filled with images of a healthy blue earth but also sickly blue animals, using color to portray idealism as well as a sense of wrongness and mourning. 
Karen Woodward Sarrow, Keep It In the Ground, Acrylic and ink on board, 40 x 16"
Blue Earth is a show designed to inspire love and action for clean water and air by way of translating the sometimes-intangible concepts and magnitude of environmental safety and translating its message via visual language. Sarrow invites you to feel, to question, to engage, and lastly, to act.

Blue Earth is on exhibit until January 21.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Current Exhibition: Karen Woodward Sarrow, Tom Wheeler, New Member Showcase

Tuesday, January 3 – Saturday January 21, 2017

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 7, 5 – 8pm

Artist Panel Discussion: Saturday, January 14, 3pm

Karen Woodward Sarrow – Blue Earth

Karen Woodward Sarrow, Big Blue, Acrylic and ink on canvas 36 x 72"
Tom Wheeler – Light Lab 2017: Route 395
Tom Wheeler, El Cerro Gordo, Archival pigment on cotton fiber, 20 x 30"

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Artist Spotlight: Diane Rudnick Mann's "Waiting"

Diane Rudnick Mann, Waiting for Attention, Pastel, 22.5 x 21"
Everyone is waiting for something; that something can be as simple as finding the right pair of shoes or the best haircut, others, on a deeper level, are waiting for love or power. Diane Rudnick Mann’s newest series of work entitled Waiting is composed of pastel paintings about the art of patience, though not what one would think at first glance.
Diane Rudnick Mann, Waiting for Thread, Pastel, 44.5 x 33" (detail)
Questioning the sense of waiting can become an exploration of frailty, transience and often humor. The objects Mann uses are the minutiae of every day life, things that are everywhere, but often overlooked. On closer inspection, these still life paintings are literally of still, silent objects in time, waiting to evoke questions and emotion. Regardless of the perfection of realism in her work, just painting a bowl of fruit has become meaningless to her unless one piece is damaged or strangely unusual. It is the presence of imperfection that has inspired Mann.
Diane Rudnick Mann, Please Keep Us Together, Pastel, 26 x 30"
The viewer, after a glance, will no longer notice just the color or style in her paintings but start to wonder what about this empty chair? Or the empty glass bowls or a doll staring into space? What is the story? Waiting aims to stimulate the senses in a quiet way, showcasing people or objects waiting to be found, used again and loved.
Diane Rudnick Mann, Red Waiting for Canvas, Pastel, 16 x 14.5"
Artist Panel: Saturday, December 10, 3pm